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A United Nations team is heading to the conflict-hit Kokang region of northeastern Shan State, officials said yesterday, the first time the aid providers have been granted access since heavy fighting erupted in February.
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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has written to the parliament urging a regional solution to the boat crisis that erupted in May, as state media reported Myanmar’s navy had discovered more than 100 migrants stranded for weeks on a southern island.
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A United Nations human rights body has joined an international chorus of criticism and urged the government to drop charges against two Phuket online journalists being sued by the Royal Thai Navy for defamation in connection with a Rohingya trafficking story.
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Australian lawyers and human rights activists have said that the Australian government’s funding for its Nauru detention facility currently stands at more than double that of the UNHCR’s budget for South East Asia in 2015 and should be reallocated.
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The Maungdaw authorities denied UNHCR officers permission to meet Rohingya elders on 11 July according to Halim who works for a human rights watchdog based in Maungdaw.
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The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution proposed by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Myanmar titled “Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar” on Friday.
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A resource centre, which will help government staff learn how to collect and analyse data, has opened in Kyaukse Township, Mandalay Region according to a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) media release on 1 July.
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Representatives from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) met Karen community based organisations (CBOs) on 23 June to discuss refugee repatriation issues.
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Hundreds of Myanmar refugees held a protest at the UNHCR, the United Nations agency for refugees, office in New Delhi on 19 June, demanding basic resettlement rights as guaranteed by the United Nations according to the daijiworld.com news portal on 19 June.
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While most Australians were happily tucking into bacon and eggs on Saturday morning, Jade Horrobin was finishing off the last of her week’s rations.
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As the news coverage of the migrant crisis in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea drops away, the UN has made a renewed call to harness the energy to solve the regional problem with a 12 June updated appeal.
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A fierce debate within the highest echelons of the United Nations over how to deal with Myanmar on the issue of the Rohingya is moving from behind closed doors into the public domain, casting doubts over whether the UN body has formulated a coherent strategy.
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In Chin state, the poorest state in Myanmar, only 6 per cent of children receive health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
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Myanmar’s armed forces discharged 51 child soldiers from its ranks on Thursday, bringing the total number of discharges this year so far to 93, the United Nations said.
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Vijay Nambiar, the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Burma, met with Arakan ethnic leaders to discuss the Bay of Bengal migration crisis, according to those present on Wednesday. (more…)

Appalled at the two-year prison sentence handed down to U Htin Lin Oo on charges of insulting religion, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Myanmar authorities to release the columnist and guarantee freedom of expression and opinion in the country.
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Burma rebuked the UN on Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being “singled out” for criticism at international talks.
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Governments meeting to discuss the migrant boat crisis in Southeast Asia’s seas should “exert pressure” on Myanmar as the “main source of the problem,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday.
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The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, council diplomats said.
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A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed alarm at the enactment of the Population Control Healthcare Bill in Myanmar, the first of four in a package of bills that seek to ‘protect race and religion’, according to a UN press release on 27 May. The bills are considered to be highly discriminatory against ethnic and religious minorities as well as against women.
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